synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Class of 2019 is 'Golden'
Story by Anne Pershing
Students of the Class of 2019 consider themselves honored and look forward to celebrating their graduation in 2019 during the 50th anniversary of the medical school. Four students from this class are thrilled about getting the opportunity to boast about graduating on that special anniversary.
Carson City native Tim Grunert, who is class president, said he has absolutely loved his time thus far in medical school.
"I've been surprised as I didn't know how medical school would be, and it's like being in a family. We all support each other and share ideas. There's so much togetherness with each of the classes, and the students and faculty watch each other's backs to make sure we get the best education and training possible."
He added that his class was encouraged to go beyond the required curriculum and start a "Music In Medicine" class that was initiated by Lauran Evans for students who wanted to get together and play their instruments for fun.
Nicole Duster, who serves as class vice president and hails from Minden, Nev., said that she loves the size of the school.
"It's like a small town where everybody knows your name, and members of our faculty definitely want us to succeed. They listen to our discussions and they are always there when we need them. As for the school, there have been changes and improvements that have helped our learning experiences," she said.
"As for graduating in 2019, it's exciting to be part of the 50th anniversary of the school. It would be interesting to see what classes were offered to the first class members back in 1969."
Class Secretary Diana Andres of the Philippines and later Las Vegas, pointed out that one of her favorite things about being in the medical school is the Student Outreach Clinic, where students get to practice patient skills.
"Our professors are experts in their field and so effective; we benefit from that. The school improves each year, and I don't think most of us have much to complain about," she said.
"As for the school's 50th anniversary, it will be exciting to see how the community embraces and reacts to the celebration of which we will be part. The medical school is and has been such a gift to so many."
Crystal Phares, who serves as class treasurer and is from Las Vegas, also shared her appreciation of the medical school.
"I am very impressed with how the medical school has exceeded my expectations. There's such camaraderie because we are all sharing the same experiences and it pulls us together," she said, adding that her professors are open to change and are always supportive.
"The school is progressive and willing to change and I'm very proud of it."
She hopes to meet some of the School of Medicine's first graduates at any celebration that is planned for the golden anniversary.
"That would be so great and I believe other students would enjoy that as well. It will definitely be something special to look forward to."
The class is 70 students strong, with 37 men and 33 women. All but four call Nevada home. The average undergraduate GPA is 3.69, and 25 graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, 11 graduated from UNLV and two from Nevada State College. The remainder of the class attended college out of state.